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McKnight will get more reps at cornerback

New York Jets Tim Tebow hands the ball off to Joe McKnight in the first quarter during their NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in East Rutherford Reuters

Well, now we know why the Jets added a running back instead of a cornerback, a day after losing cornerback Darrelle Revis for the season.

The Jets plan to get more use out of running back Joe McKnight at the cornerback position.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Ryan said that McKnight will spend more time on defense.

“We’ll do that this week with Joe McKnight,” Ryan said.  “He’ll have a role on offense, but we’re also teaching him how to play corner. . . .  Not quite a full-time capacity, but he’s going to be over there a ton in the meetings and everything else.”

McKnight played defensive back in high school before becoming a running back at USC, and he has pitched in during practice.

“He’s a guy that we saw on scout team when he was a rookie,” Ryan said.  “He has the necessary skills to be able to play corner.  He’s got the speed, the size, the athleticism, the ball skills.  Everything you look for in a corner.  So, I don’t think there’s any reason not to think that Joe McKnight couldn’t be a corner.”

As McKnight slides down the depth chart at running back, it’s not just an opportunity to diversify his portfolio of skills.  It could end up being a path toward remaining on the roster.

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25 Responses to “McKnight will get more reps at cornerback”
  1. themitchfootball.com says: Sep 26, 2012 6:29 PM

    Add another ring to the circus.

  2. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 26, 2012 6:32 PM

    Why not use Tim Tebow? He’s not doing much these days. Jets should be fine as long as they lay off the hot sauce.

  3. farty5 says: Sep 26, 2012 6:40 PM

    Soft as an RB, his career has been a disappointment

  4. patsfreak420 says: Sep 26, 2012 6:47 PM

    And you bow down to the great BB stealing his idea of using offensive players on Defense. Kiss those rings Rexy!

  5. realfann says: Sep 26, 2012 6:55 PM

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  6. kev86 says: Sep 26, 2012 6:57 PM

    Bring on the dancing bears…

  7. bambi19td says: Sep 26, 2012 7:00 PM

    Tebow has the size and speed to be a good WR or even TE. The Jets are not utilizing his skills properly.

  8. yesimabillsfan says: Sep 26, 2012 7:00 PM

    They need to put a gag order on the jets

  9. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 26, 2012 7:02 PM

    desperate team

  10. northshorejag says: Sep 26, 2012 7:02 PM

    I’m so happy I’m starting Crabtree

  11. jetsareajoke says: Sep 26, 2012 7:09 PM

    “McKnight played defensive back in high school before becoming a running back at USC”

    Do these jests coaches really think they can plug any player into any position and succeed? Didn’t the ringmaster learn from the Gholston experiment?

  12. junior559 says: Sep 26, 2012 7:23 PM

    the jets let there players really play different positions first tebow now mcknight this will be intresting to watch or maybe a good laugh

  13. Davo says: Sep 26, 2012 7:57 PM

    Ask the Patriots what happened last time they put an offensive player in a CB. Actually, ask the Ravens!

  14. sneschalmers says: Sep 26, 2012 8:08 PM

    Well… it did work in Remember the Titans…

  15. jayscarpa says: Sep 26, 2012 8:13 PM

    The Tannenbaum/Ryan era is coming to an abrupt end after a really stellar beginning. p18 is correct – almost everything they’ve done this year reeks of desperation. Too bad.

  16. nyyjetsknicks says: Sep 26, 2012 8:17 PM

    The Jet fan in my says that’s he’s an athlete who played corner in high school. My brain says we’re screwed

  17. 808raiderinparadise says: Sep 26, 2012 8:17 PM

    The jets are looking solid:

    A wildcat QB as punt protector
    and a RB as a DB
    A metrosexual model as a QB
    and a clown as a coach

    CIRCUS ACT

  18. buffnaked says: Sep 26, 2012 8:18 PM

    Well at least he has the hands to play CB…

  19. Max says: Sep 26, 2012 9:11 PM

    Could be a possible windfall if he transitions well! Last I saw RBs pay and importance have been going down… He should look at this as opportunity.

  20. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 26, 2012 9:18 PM

    “One of these kids is doin’ the wrong thing….

    one of these kids doesn’t belong….”

  21. catquick says: Sep 26, 2012 9:38 PM

    There’s guys all over who already know how to play corner but they deplete the “ground and pound” for ” spurned and burned”

  22. randallflagg52 says: Sep 26, 2012 9:39 PM

    bambi19td says:
    Sep 26, 2012 7:00 PM
    Tebow has the size and speed to be a good WR or even TE.

    ===================================

    Uhh, no he doesn’t…

  23. pioniere says: Sep 26, 2012 10:24 PM

    Why did USC choose to convert him to a running back? Probably because he wasn’t a very good corner…

  24. cooklynn17 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:47 PM

    Can anybody say extremely thin roster.

    Cromarti = wide receiver
    McKnight = corner back

    Makes perfect sense……….lol

  25. jetsareajoke says: Sep 27, 2012 10:30 AM

    “almost everything they’ve done this year reeks of desperation. Too bad.”

    Actually, they’ve been scrwing the pooch the last few years. Get rid of a 1400 yd back, a good KR (Washington), Smith, and the list goes on. That doesn’t even include the Gholston’s he’s tried to make great.

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